According to motoring.com.au, the Thai spec Raptor will command a price of R1.6-million baht (R646 544), which, when converted to Australian Dollars and with various taxes added, works out to $84 440 or R771 896.
The online platform has however stated that the Raptor could, in fact, be priced at $84 590 (R773 502), which would make it exactly $25 000 (R228 603) more than the aforementioned Wildtrak, and just below the Mercedes-Benz X350d that will allegedly be priced around the $85 000 (R777 605) mark.
As opposed to the Aussie market Raptor though, the South African variant will be produced at Ford’s Silverton Plant outside Pretoria and its 157 kW / 500 Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbodiesel engine at the Blue Oval’s Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth as part of a R3-billion investment announced in November last year.
What about South Africa?
The crunch factor though will be Raptor’s price, which is expected to eclipse that of the Wildtrak’s R633 300 by some margin. With the forthcoming 190 kW Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 TDI looking set to breach the R800 000-R850 000 price point, a figure the Mercedes-Benz X250d Power 4x4 AT already has at R818 105, the Raptor could potentially have a sticker price of R850 000 or close in on R900 000 to rival the X350d set to arrive later this year. At present though, these estimates are purely speculative.